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                  ... for a little TLC.   The interiors of Croome Court

 

 

"In 1948, the Croome Estate Trust had to sell Croome Court, along with almost all of its original furniture and fittings.  The 10th Earl had been killed on the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940 and with maintenance costs rising and agriculture depressed, the upkeep of Croome Court could no longer be supported by the great estate surrounding it.  

 

After the Second World War, Croome Court was used as a school (1950s-1979)

 

Later (1979-84) Croome was used as the  UK headquarters for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

 

It was then not lived in for 12 years, subsequently it was bought and sold by a succession of property developers, who tried, unsuccessfully, to turn Croome into a country club, hotel and a golf course.  In 1998 another property developer turned the house into a private home once more, living here with his family.

 

In October 2007, Croome Court, now suffering after years of neglect, was bought by the Croome Heritage Trust. They took the property on in partnership with the National Trust, which undertook to run and repair it.  The house opened to the public on 26 September 2009 and the Heritage Trust have since extended the lease to the National Trust for 999 years,"

 

 

 

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Waiting...

                  ... for a little TLC.   The interiors of Croome Court

 

 

"In 1948, the Croome Estate Trust had to sell Croome Court, along with almost all of its original furniture and fittings.  The 10th Earl had been killed on the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940 and with maintenance costs rising and agriculture depressed, the upkeep of Croome Court could no longer be supported by the great estate surrounding it.  

 

After the Second World War, Croome Court was used as a school (1950s-1979)

 

Later (1979-84) Croome was used as the  UK headquarters for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

 

It was then not lived in for 12 years, subsequently it was bought and sold by a succession of property developers, who tried, unsuccessfully, to turn Croome into a country club, hotel and a golf course.  In 1998 another property developer turned the house into a private home once more, living here with his family.

 

In October 2007, Croome Court, now suffering after years of neglect, was bought by the Croome Heritage Trust. They took the property on in partnership with the National Trust, which undertook to run and repair it.  The house opened to the public on 26 September 2009 and the Heritage Trust have since extended the lease to the National Trust for 999 years,"

 

 

 

photoblog image England 2018 10  B.jpg

 

 

 

comments (21)

  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 20 Sep 2018, 00:33
Excellent PoV in the first photo which adds incredible depth to the composition!! Nice leading lines as well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Steven... It was an interesting place to walk around... it is being worked on... so hopefully it will get the TLC it needs!
  • Harry
  • USA
  • 20 Sep 2018, 00:57
an interesting well maintained, if abandoned dwelling.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's changed hands many times, and now has come under the care of the National Trust... they are working hard to piece together what it might have looked like back in the day, with stacks of furniture and paintings being stored in some of the rooms.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Sep 2018, 01:08
This is wonderful, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, kindly, Ray!
Cela a l'air d'être très vieux.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, apparently from the 16th Century.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Sep 2018, 03:22
it's obvious that the structure was well built and expensive

i hope someone will reclaim it and restore it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It originated in the 16th Century and was re-imagined by the 6th Earl of Coventry in the 17th Century. It's undergone many transformations - including a school for boys, headquarters for Hare Krishna's and efforts to turn it into a country club and a hotel! Now it is under the care of the National Trust, and they are working hard on the place.
This is great, straight out of "Silence of the Lambs.". B&W makes it spookier.....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Rob! It is a bit spooky!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Sep 2018, 06:25
It truly is a place of faded glory. Let's hope one day it can be restored to something like its former self..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do hope so!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Sep 2018, 07:14
Thank you for moving information about Croome Court -the photos say something.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome, Philine. I hope it will be restored to its regal self..
Ce couloir a l'air de ne pas s'arreter ..très belle prise de vue , j'aime beaucoup !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Claudine! I'm so pleased you like it!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2018, 07:58
I didn't see how photogenic the servants' quarters were until I saw your pictures, Elizabeth. Well done!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh thank you so much, Lisl! I really appreciate that!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Sep 2018, 08:04
An excellent shot with the corridor that seems to draw us through.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Chad!
Croome is one of my favourite National Trust sites. The place has a fascinating history, as you have outlined and with the wartime connections and the gardens designed by Capability Brown there is so much to enjoy. I was pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy their visit
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I understand why, it's atypical. I, actually, was pleased that it wasn't cluttered up with glitz and gold - those places make me feel claustrophobic! It was a really great day, Bill!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2018, 08:27
I'm surprised that the plans for a cold course and perhaps a hotel never came to fruition; I would have thought that would been a successful formula. (Good job I'm not a property developer). I'm glad that the NT will continue to look after it. I fine shot through the succession of doorways.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Me too - I would think it would be more than suitable.
Thank you very much, Alan!
That is what was happening in the plot of Downton Abbey. I suppose it was common with those big estates.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, Mary - I think you're right. Frank has told me how castles must be passed down through the generations - and they become so old and expensive to keep up that many families take up residence in a small area, and give the rest to the NT or any other group to run.
A sad history!
Looking at the condition of some of the rooms I guess it will take a lot of time and money to get the house back into really good shape.
Fantastic point of view
it's a wonderful house and deserves to be repaired Elizabeth... love your shot down the hallway....petersmile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2018, 20:22
This is really effective - those doors just pull the viewer into the picture. Love it!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2018, 21:41
Wonderfully captured. These rooms must have had amazing stories to tell.
A timeless appeal...

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